By Harvey Byrne

Andy Ritchie has claimed that Chris Wood is now answering his critics after scoring three goals in his last three matches.

Wood, 24, scored three goals in his first five matches in all competitions in the new campaign, but he was still picked out by supporters for criticism due to his all-round play.

Overall the striker has played in 10 encounters for the Yorkshire giants, scoring six goals and his currently in good form in front of goal.

Former Leeds player, Ritchie noted his form and stated that the New Zealand international was starting to answer his critics.

“Leeds are showing a few signs of getting to play the way in which the manager wants,” wrote Ritchie in his column for the Yorkshire Evening Post. “It was a good win and while Chris Wood had a couple of chances at it before finding the net, he’s scoring isn’t he? He is answering his critics a little bit.

“If Chris gets service, he will score goals. He’s a big lad and sometimes it is a little bit unfair to play him on his own up there.

“He is a strong runner, without having that extra pace that you need. But he has certainly got that physical presence.

“For me, he can still improve on his finishing as he could have had a hat-trick at Cardiff. But he is what he is and it is about utilising him to the best of his abilities and Garry is getting that out of him.”

Leeds started the season slowly, but they are now starting to pick up momentum with three wins from their last three matches in all competitions.

Garry Monk’s side will face Ipswich at Elland Road on Saturday, who are chasing a place in the Championship play off’s.

The Tractor Boys are currently in 11th place, but they have won one, drew one and lost one in their last three encounters.

In other Leeds team news, club secretary Stuart Hayton left the club on Friday.